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Slippery Slope January 31, 2012

It’s from the blog of Rachel Held Evans, and I can truly identify.

They said that if I questioned a 6,000-year-old earth, I would question whether other parts of Scripture should be read scientifically and historically.

They were right. I did.

They said that if I entertained the hope that those without access to the gospel might still be loved and saved by God, I would fall prey to the dangerous idea that God loves everyone, that there is nothing God won’t do to reconcile all things to Himself.

They were right. I have.

They said that if I looked for Jesus beyond the party line, I could end up voting for liberals.

They were right. I do (sometimes).

They said that if I listened to my gay and lesbian neighbors, if I made room for them in my church and in my life, I could let grace get out of hand.

They were right. It has.

They told me that this slippery slope would lead me away from God, that it would bring a swift end to my faith journey, that I’d be lost forever.

But with that one, they were wrong.


[Read this rest of this, and other writings by Rachel Held Evans. Click HERE.]

[AND buy and read her wonderful book
“Evolving In Monkey Town.” Click HERE.]


Plan B January 15, 2012

Plan B:  Further Thoughts On Faith
– Anne Lamott

I don’t usually read just for “pleasure” per se.  I read for information.  For education.  For enlightenment.  For growth.
When I read Anne Lamott, I’m reading for pleasure.  In the process, I also get information, education, enlightenment and growth.

This is my third Lamott book.  If you’ve read my review of “Grace (Eventually),” you could apply most of what I said concerning that book to this one. Here we find more of Anne’s trademark humor, insights, and commentary on society, life, and faith.

This is a collection of 24 essays.
Lots of wonderful, funny, sad, real-life stories of real-life faith.
Stories of her son, Sam.  Stories of  animosity toward her mother, and of dealing with her mother’s death.  A tale of her experience on a cruise ship.  Talk of spider monkeys.  Harvey Fierstein.  South Park.   Dame Edna.  Getting old.  Metamorphosis. Hope.
There’s also quite a bit of her politics here, and how her faith in Christ directly affects her political beliefs.

If you have ever read Anne Lamott, you’re most likely already a fan.  It’s hard for me to see how you could read her and NOT be a fan.
If you’ve not yet experienced her writings, check out this, or one of her other books.
You’re in for a real literary treat.

Buy the book.  Click HERE.


Some Quotes:

– Peace is joy at rest, and joy is peace on its feet.
– I see people rising up, resisting, gearing up for another fight for decency, for freedom, for the poor, for the earth.
– Listen to your broccoli, and your broccoli will tell you how to eat it. (The 2000 Year Old Man)
– [The Bible] is a centuries-long reality show — Moses the stutterer, Rahab the hooker, David the adulterer, Mary the homeless teenager. Not to mention all the mealy-mouthed disciples.
Buy the book.  Click HERE.

– “Help” is a prayer that is always answered.
– It gets darker and darker, and then Jesus is born. (Wendell Berry)
– This is how we make important changes — barely, poorly, slowly. [This is certainly how it has been for me (df)]
– I don’t know much about God; only that He or She is love, and is not American or male. I do love Jesus, and I’m nuts about his mother.
Buy the book.  Click HERE.

– You don’t always get what you want. You get what you get.
– You can either practice being right or practice being kind.
– Everyone has come to understand that unconditional love is a reality, but with a shelf-life of about eight to ten seconds.
– If you want to change the way you feel about people, you have to change the way you treat them.
Buy the book.  Click HERE.

– I was so angry with and afraid of the right wing in this country that it was making me mentally ill.
– Rule 1: When all else fails, follow instructions. Rule 2: Don’t be an asshole.

Buy the book.  Click HERE.

Also check out “Grace (Eventually),”
and “Traveling Mercies.”


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